Coyote semipro football team rolls through playoff opener

The Erath County Coyotes celebrate following their first playoff win as members of the Texas United Football League, 28-10 over the DFW Diamondbacks Saturday in Granbury. || Contributed

Flash Staff Report

(May 22, 2017) — In their first year at a new home the Erath County Coyotes have picked up right where they left off after winning a championship in their old league while based out of Lampasas last year.

Now based in Erath County but playing home games in Hico, the Coyotes (8-3) opened the Texas United Football League playoffs in Granbury Saturday and rolled to a 28-10 victory over the Dallas-Fort Worth Diamondbacks (7-4). Erath County advances to face the Central Texas Apaches at 7 p.m. next Saturday, May 27, at Whitney High School.

Erath County led from wire-to-wire, getting on the board with a 41-yard touchdown catch by Dusty Hicks on a pass from Richard Chaney. The Coyotes followed a Diamondbacks field gal with a 91-yard kick return to the house by Marcus Wimpy, and they cruised from there.

Chaney added a rushing TD to his early passing score to make it 21-3 in the fourth quarter, and running back Dylan Turner put the game away with a 35-yard scoring run that as followed by a two-point conversion on a rush by Hicks.

The Coyotes finished second in the Northwest Division of he TUFL with a 7-3 regular-season record. The second-round opponent, the Central Texas Apaches, went 8-2 in the regular season, placing second in the West Division.

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